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Italy 1-0 Scotland

 Posted by at 3:54 AM
May 302016
 
Graziano Pelle fired in a neat finish to nudge a dominant Italy ahead after half-time

Scotland were comfortably beaten by Italy, with the only saving grace that the margin of defeat could have been greater.

Southampton’s Graziano Pelle scored the only goal of the match, which Italy dominated from start to finish.

Scotland offered little as an attacking force and struggled to keep possession on an unforgiving surface in Malta.

The Italians adapted to that much better as they continued their preparations for Euro 2016.

While Antonio Conte’s side would have been expected to control the game – played in Malta because the Italians are holding a week-long training camp there ahead of Euro 2016 – the ease with which they brushed their Scottish counterparts aside should be of concern to Gordon Strachan.

Pelle’s goal was scant reward for their dominance but highlighted the Italians’ superior quality.

Daniele De Rossi sliced through the Scots team with a typically precise pass for Eder and when the ball broke off the striker to Pelle, he curled a shot inside the left-hand post of David Marshall from 19 yards.

It was a deadly strike and Scotland were fortunate Italy had failed to capitalise on a string of earlier chances to bury their opponents.

Indeed, Marshall was scarcely called into action after an excellent double-save as early as the seventh minute.

Antonio Candreva drilled in a free-kick that forced a fine stop from David Marshall

Having pushed away an Antonio Candreva free-kick, which bounced nastily in front of him, he reacted brilliantly to keep out Emanuele Giaccherini’s close-range rebound.

Giaccherini was the main culprit in terms of passing up chances as he skied one shot when picked out unmarked 12 yards out and then stabbed wide after getting on the end of another pinpoint De Rossi pass.

Incredibly, the Scots failed to hit the target over the entire 90 minutes, but could have had an ill-deserved equaliser with 12 minutes remaining.

A slack clearance from Federico Bernardeschi fell kindly for Steven Naismith and although he was able to find Matt Ritchie, the Bournemouth forward could not wrap his left foot around the ball sufficiently and only managed to hit the side-netting.

Strachan had been certain before the match his players would be motivated to play a team of Italy’s quality, but for the most part the gulf in class made for a tough learning experience for Scotland.

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Match ends, Italy 1, Scotland 0.

Second Half ends, Italy 1, Scotland 0.

Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Burke (Scotland).

Foul by Simone Zaza (Italy).

Christophe Berra (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Zaza (Italy).

Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Zaza (Italy).

Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Scotland. Craig Bryson replaces James McArthur.

Substitution, Italy. Giacomo Bonaventura replaces Emanuele Giaccherini.

Foul by Simone Zaza (Italy).

Grant Hanley (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Simone Zaza (Italy) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

Andrea Barzagli (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Scotland).

Substitution, Scotland. Oliver Burke replaces Matthew Phillips.

Substitution, Scotland. Steven Naismith replaces Ikechi Anya.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Andrea Barzagli.

Offside, Italy. Lorenzo Insigne tries a through ball, but Federico Bernardeschi is caught offside.

Offside, Italy. Giorgio Chiellini tries a through ball, but Federico Bernardeschi is caught offside.

Emanuele Giaccherini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McArthur (Scotland).

Substitution, Italy. Simone Zaza replaces Graziano Pellè.

Substitution, Italy. Jorginho replaces Daniele De Rossi.

Foul by Marco Parolo (Italy).

Darren Fletcher (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Scotland. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

Substitution, Italy. Marco Parolo replaces Antonio Candreva.

Hand ball by Graziano Pellè (Italy).

Substitution, Italy. Federico Bernardeschi replaces Matteo Darmian.

Substitution, Italy. Lorenzo Insigne replaces Éder.

Goal! Italy 1, Scotland 0. Graziano Pellè (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Éder.

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Italy).

Christophe Berra (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Hand ball by Matthew Phillips (Scotland).

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May 302016
 
Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored for England U21 in the final

England Under-21s won the Toulon Tournament for the first time since 1994 after beating hosts France 2-1 in the final on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate’s side went ahead in Avignon through Lewis Baker’s looping header after eight minutes, his fourth goal of the tournament.

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek then doubled the lead with a composed finish from 15 yards.

Abdou Diallo’s close range finish gave France hope but England held on.

England: Pickford, Iorfa, Targett, Chalobah, Chambers, Hause, Watmore (Swift 65), Ward-Prowse (c), Loftus-Cheek (Stephens 90), Redmond, Baker.

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Barnsley 3-1 Millwall

 Posted by at 11:55 PM
May 292016
 
Barnsley will play in the Championship next season, having been relegated from the second tier in 2014

Barnsley sealed promotion to the Championship as two goals in the first 19 minutes set up their League One play-off final win over Millwall.

Ashley Fletcher slotted home after just 88 seconds, before Adam Hammill’s 25-yard curling shot doubled the lead.

Both had scored for Barnsley in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final win over Oxford at Wembley eight weeks earlier.

Mark Beevers fired in Millwall’s reply from close range but Lloyd Isgrove’s header secured Barnsley’s victory.

The Tykes were bottom of League One in December but a superb run of form under interim boss Paul Heckingbottom saw them finish sixth in the table, and their two-year exile from the Championship was ended by wins over Walsall and Millwall in the play-offs.

Lions pay for slow start

Millwall were unable to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt following relegation last season

Millwall were forced into a late change before kick-off when centre-back Byron Webster was injured in the warm-up, with Tony Craig taking his place.

A mix-up in the Lions defence from a long ball allowed Fletcher to take advantage, as the on-loan Manchester United forward held off Carlos Edwards and fired across Jordan Archer into the bottom corner.

The south London side lacked composure and cohesion in the opening 25 minutes, and Barnsley capitalised again when Hammill cut in from the left and bent an exquisite shot into the top corner without being challenged.

Beevers’ close-range finish reduced the deficit but the second half was a scrappy affair with few clear-cut chances, and Millwall could not recover from their poor start.

Millwall had been looking to secure an immediate return to the second tier but boss Neil Harris, in his first full season in charge, will have to pick up his squad for another promotion bid next season, having finished fourth in the table.

Tykes show composure

Lloyd Isgrove’s header with 16 minutes remaining completed Barnsley’s play-off final victory

Barnsley looked comfortable on their second visit of the season to the national stadium, having suffered just one defeat since mid-March to reach the play-offs.

With Millwall increasingly playing the ball long in the second period, it was the Yorkshire side who made the crucial breakthrough, as goalkeeper Archer failed to collect Conor Hourihane’s corner and Isgrove headed into an empty net.

The Tykes looked more likely to score a fourth in the closing stages, although Chris Taylor forced Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies into a late save.

With 13 victories in 21 games, winning the club’s first cup final since 1912 and now winning promotion to the Championship, Heckingbottom has made a strong case to take charge on a more permanent basis.

The 38-year-old – part of the Barnsley squad promoted from the third tier in 2006 – built on work done by Lee Johnson, who left Oakwell for Bristol City in February.

Man of the match: Adam Hammill (Barnsley)

Providing a constant threat for Barnsley on the left touchline, his goal – a sublime long-range effort into the top corner – put the Reds in the driving seat in the first half.

After a successful spell at Barnsley early in his career, Hammill returned to Oakwell in November with the club struggling towards the foot of League One.

His form has been a key reason for their improvement in the second half of the campaign, and having scored in their Football League Trophy final win in April, Hammill found the net at Wembley again to help his side to promotion.

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

Second Half ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Williams tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marley Watkins with a cross.

Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden O’Brien.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Barnsley. Marley Watkins replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

Attempt missed. Aiden O’Brien (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Carlos Edwards.

Substitution, Barnsley. Ivan Toney replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lee Gregory.

Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Ben Thompson.

Goal! Barnsley 3, Millwall 1. Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Carlos Edwards.

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.

Josh Brownhill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Attempt saved. Aiden O’Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nadjim Abdou.

Attempt missed. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

Offside, Millwall. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Marc Roberts (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Isgrove.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Carlos Edwards.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Isgrove with a cross.

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